Frequently asked questions...

 

Here are some popular questions people ask us.

If you would like to know more please contact us!

Do I need a partner to join a class?

 

You don't need a partner to join any of our classes. During the classes we change partners frequently so everyone will get the chance to practice with each other. Covid measures apply

I have two left feet.  What shall I do?

At London Dance Studio we are experts in changing two left feet for the correct pair!

Whether you'd like to join one of our beginner courses or whether you would prefer to learn dancing at a one-to-one private lesson, London Dance Studio has the solution for you.​

What do I need to wear?

You can wear anything that is comfortable and doesn't restrict your movements. Most people wear a type of office or leisure outfit. Shoes are also important. Office shoes for men/leaders and low to medium heel type shoes, ballet pumps or jazz shoes with full sole suede sole for women/followers are a good start. The heel height for Latin and ballroom dance shoes ranges from 1/2" heel to 1.5" for men/leaders and from 1.5" to 3" for ladies/followers. We recommend to start not higher than 2" if you want to use them for Ballroom and Latin. We don't recommend rubber sole trainers as these tend to stick to the floor which could hurt your knees.​ If you want to buy Ballroom/Latin shoes, further down you'll find links and addresses.

Where do I get dance shoes?

  • Order online

Our own London Dance Studio dance shop

with some recommendations for beginners, social dancers and girls.

For more choice and for boys/men go to:

www.dancewearcentral.co.uk 

www.movedancewear.com

www.katz-dancewear.co.uk

www.supadance.com

Look for ballroom, latin, social dance or practice shoes. The most inexpensive choice for Beginners and Social dancing are Jazz Shoes with Full Suede Sole (look on Katz website). We're happy to give advise. For children please always check with us first.

 

London Dance Studio members>  and private students are eligable to discounts through our dance school accounts with dancewearcentral and Supadance.

  • Shops:

- Duo Shop, 11 Half Moon Ln, London SE24 9JU, Phone 020 7274 4517 (Great choice

of brands, fantastic customer service, call first to confirm opening times)

- Dancia International,168 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5QA (website>)

- Freed of London, 94 St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4AT  (website>)

Which dances do you teach?

We teach Ballroom, Latin-American and Club Dances and some other dances. If you need a dance, that's not on that list? Just ask us.

Ballroom dances are:

  • Slow Waltz

  • Tango

  • Quickstep

  • Foxtrot

  • Viennese Waltz

  • Slow and Quick Rhythm Foxtrot

 

Latin dances are:

  • Cha-Cha-Cha

  • Samba

  • Rumba

  • Paso Doble

  • Jive

Other Latin dances are:

  • Salsa

  • Bachata

  • Argentine Tango

 

American Smooth dances we teach:

  • Waltz (Smooth)

  • Foxtrot (Smooth)

  • Viennese Waltz (Smooth)

Other dances include the following. But you can inquiry about any partner dance as we are very flexible and open:

  • Bossa Nova

  • Polka

  • Quadrille (for Viennese Balls)

  • Line-dances

  • Disco-Fox and Freestyle for clubbing or wedding first dances. 

 
​Do you prepare for Medal tests/competitions?

Yes, we prepare students regularly for Medal tests and competitions.

 

The Medal Tests are practical dance tests where the student is partnered by a teacher (or where two students who take lessons together partner each other) and is evaluated by a qualified examiner. The London Dance Studio is affiliated with the prestigious ISTD.

 

The Medal Grades for Children, Teenagers and Adults are:

  • Social Dance Test

  • Pre-Bronze

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Gold Star

  • Dance Awards

 

For Kids there are also Under 6 and Under 8 social dance tests. 

 

Once you have completed your first exam you could participate in Medal competitions where you will compete against students from other schools in your grade and age group.